Churchill 1982 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Churchill 1982 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Two samples, one with VA other fine. Quite sweet, tannins present. Lots of red fruit. Attractive

Tasted at: 1982 tasting

Date: 21st June 2010

Rated*: C-

Tasting 2

Notes: Brick red, slightly orange on the rim. In the mouth some chocolate and a little orange, with a surprising amount of sweetness. Other than that this was simply one of those Ports that is fabulous to drink.

Tasted at: Blind tasting, TCP

Date: 8th November 2010

Rated*: C

Tasting 3

Notes: Deepish red. Subtle slightly spirity nose. In mouth, floral Turkish-delight-type flavours. Very good with a long aftertaste that is perhaps a touch less complex than some of the more expensive Ports.

Tasted at: Steak Exchange

Date: 8th November 2011

Rated*: C

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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